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Great Gizmos’ range of pre- school games and puzzles from Popular Playthings are ideal for educational game play for children aged from three to five. Sums have never been simpler with Monkey Math, which uses bananas and a monkey scale to make learning simple addition more fun. Children hang an equal number of bananas onto the monkey’s hands and if the addition is correct the monkey will look straight ahead with his arms nicely level. If the numbers are not equal, his eyes will be crossed and his arms will be up and down. To help introduce children to their multiplication tables there is Monkey Multiplier, a monkey character that


QBits is a mathematical board game based on strategy and tactical thinking. It incorporates addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. The game was developed by a group of sixth form students as part of the Young Enterprise programme, and it was decided to develop it into a commercially viable product. QBits can be played from eight and

up, with a minimum of two players. The aim is to score as many points as possible using the numbers on your Qube and any numbers on Qubes already placed on the board. Each player can use the board to gain more points or to trap opponents into losing points. Points are scored if adjoining

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helps put play into even the trickiest maths. Point his toes at the two numbers that are to be multiplied and the answer mysteriously appears in the ring between his hands. Other monkey related games complete the Popular Playthings collection.

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Qubes are either multiples or factors of one another. The length of the game depends upon the amount of Qubes each player begins with.

Designed and manufactured in the UK, Orchard Toys’ games and jigsaws help children learn basic skills through play. The jigsaws teach a range of skills including hand-eye co-ordination, manual dexterity, observation skills and they stimulate imaginative discussion. Animals Four in a Box contains four jigsaw puzzles in one box. This makes completing the puzzles more of a challenge as the pieces are muddled up. To help children sort out which piece goes where, each jigsaw has a different coloured border and backing. Children can start off with the easy

four-piece puzzle, then move onto the six, eight and finally the 12-piece one. It is designed to appeal to children of three years plus.

The top selling jigsaw puzzle for the company last year was Giant Road


The 4D Cityscape Jigsaw Puzzle range currently includes London and New York and guides puzzlers through history, allowing them to recreate each city in chronological order producing a replica of each defining era and delve into the fourth dimension – time. With each puzzle including over 700 pieces and more than 70 buildings, they both boast close attention to detail, which will allow puzzlers to bring each city to life. Since launch in 2010, the range was named as the overall Winner of Gift of

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Jigsaw, which contains all of the colourful characters for which the company is known and, when assembled, provides a super track for play with model cars and trucks. The challenge is that there is no set way to put the pieces together, as they are all designed to fit into one another, meaning any number of different tracks and roadways can be assembled.

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the Year award 2010, and remains strong as a gift for all ages and an interesting recreation of some of the world’s most iconic cities.

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The Orchard range offers an array of cards, puzzles and educational games to stimulate a child’s development. Suitable for children from around two

years, My First Orchard includes large fruit pieces and colourful trees, from which the fruit must be harvested before the crow steals them away. This stimulating game is perfect for solo play or as a co-operative activity for smaller

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groups of children. Available as either a Giant Floor Puzzle, card game or Discovery Puzzle, the Orchard collection caters for all types of game play. Haba also has a range of puzzles from First Jigsaws for the very young to Giant Puzzles, which not only challenge children to complete a scene, but once finished can be played with using the wooden figures included.

The new Safari Dominoes by Tidlo offer a traditional style domino games with a little John Crane twist. The 28-piece domino set is suitable for children from two. On one side of the domino is the classic number side, while the other side features safari animals from John Crane’s very own Emma Talbot. Little Brown Rabbit company owner,

Talbot has been working as a designer for over 14 years. Her passions include art, photography and of course little brown rabbits. She said: “I love making people smile with my work which is effortless when

working with such a great company like John Crane.” The Tidlo collection also includes the Lift and Match Jungle Animals, which features five familiar animals that fit in the flower shaped puzzle. The chunky peg pieces are easy to hold, which helps children develop their hand-eye coordination.

Sevi has also introduced a game which aids hand-eye coordination. The rocking Noah’s Ark provides a wobbly setting to try and balance all ten animals. The animals include snakes, crocodiles, elephants and rhinos.

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